Issues With Trademarking Your Domain Name – Law

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Protecting intellectual property rights should be a critical step for any business. With an online business, protecting a domain name is all the more critical.

Nothing is more aggravating than having someone infringe upon your domain name. The question for many sites, then, is how to go about protecting the domain. Filing for a trademark is one of the more popular and effective methods, but it is important to understand there are some issues that can come up.

First and foremost, a domain name may only be trademarked if it is more than just an address pointing people to a site. This is often shown by matching the domain name to the actual name of the business and then incorporating it into the page of the site. Let’s look at a classic example.

Google is obviously a distinct trademark. The title “Google” is a trademarkable domain for two reasons. First…

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